June 16, 2020 1:21 pm

As part of efforts to assess the recent LEAP Cash Grant payment made, the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty Programme (LEAP), under the Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Protection, has held an engagement with some beneficiaries in Agona Swedru.

The purpose of the event was to interact with LEAP beneficiaries and discuss related matters following the recent combined LEAP payments (65th & 66th cycle payments) beneficiaries received before due time in order to attend to peculiar needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, beneficiaries received the recent payment with some stipend to help them cater for transportation fare, buying of face masks, sanitisers and soaps.

The initiative by the LEAP Programme seeks to ease the stress of beneficiaries going for their monies at banks and support them as well in the fight against the deadly Corona Virus.

Addressing the beneficiaries, the Minister for Gender, Children & Social Protection, Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison urged them to follow keenly on all the precautionary measures outlined against COVID-19.

According to the Minister, old age people form a greater portion of the LEAP beneficiaries.

Therefore, it was imperative that they make crutial effort to stay safe.

She seized the occasion to sensitise beneficiaries on every safety protocol to observe in order to stay safe from the corona virus.

In her conclusion, Hon. Cynthia Morrison admonished beneficiaries not to stigmatise anyone who may have contracted the virus.
“Getting COVID-19 is not a certified death. People can recover with the proper treatment”, she stressed.

Mr Myles Ongoh, the Programme Manager of the LEAP Programme, cautioned beneficiaries to spend their monies judiciously and ensure that they always have enough to cater for themselves.

He disclosed that the LEAP secretariat will be assisting beneficiaries who do not have the NHIS card register onto it and also renew the cards of others which may have expired or got lost.

According to Mr. Ongoh, in this COVID-19 era, it was crucial that beneficiaries have their NHIS card valid in order to easily get access to quality health care.

Mrs. Monica Siaw (Social welfare & Develoemt Officer for Agona West) and Mr. Colson Akanbasiam (Head of communications at LEAP Office) deepened sensitisation on the COVID-19 safety protocols and advised beneficiaries to eat healthy in order to boost their immune systems to resist and fight COVID-19.

They also provided answers to every concern raised by beneficiaries with regards to the LEAP payment and other equally important matters.

Every participant was given a bottle of sanitiser to be constantly reminded of the importance of regularly sanitising their hands which helps them stay protected from COVID-19.

Source: MoGCSP